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Dead Person of the Day January 27 – Dr. Howard Zinn

0 Comments 27 January 2012


I think the clip says it all. If it’s a relevant enough book to register on Will Hunting’s radar it should be good enough for you.

I take the time to re-read 3 books every year for varying reasons:

  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

All 3 books help get me centered, recharge the will to go against the grain and re-recognize the necessary insanities that, I believe, are mandatory to be successful in a paradoxical world.  All 3 make me proud to be an American.

Ben Affleck had this to say of Zinn – ‘He taught me how valuable — how necessary — dissent was to democracy and to America itself. He taught that history was made by the everyman, not the elites’

So, mush some graham crackers up in milk and have a read if you haven’t already…

Lets do it!

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010)

By Mark Feeney and Bryan Marquard, Boston Globe Staff

Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as “A People’s History of the United States,” inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling. He was 87.

His daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn of Lexington, said he suffered a heart attack.

“He’s made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture,” Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, said tonight. “He’s changed the conscience of America in a highly constructive way. I really can’t think of anyone I can compare him to in this respect.” Continue 

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